Nico Van den Bogaerd, Miami Heat, in Audie Norris Basketball Camp

Another great day at the Audie Norris Basketball Camp in Hospitalet, the fourth day. We received the visit of Nico Van den Bogaerd, an international scout for the Miami Heat. He was born in Belgium and he is living in Cerdanyola (Barcelona).

His goal is to cover the entire market of young prospects to provide the best options for the Miami Heat for the NBA Draft.



Formed in 1988 as an expansion team, the Heat have won three league championships (in 2006, 2012 and 2013).Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade are, probably, the best players of the franchise history, followed by LeBron James, Alonzo Mourning and Chris Bosh.



Curiously, Pat Riley retired Michael Jordan’s signature jersey’s number 23 before his final game in Miami during the 2002–03 season as a tribute to his career.



The scout gave advices to the campers such as take notes of what they learn and work on their weaknesses, because it is crucial to progress. “In the summer you must keep working. If you do not know how to shoot with the left hand, practice and improve it”.



And he wanted to explain how the Draft works: “The franchises which have not classified for the Playoffs choose first during the lottery draft. A draw determine which is the order. Usually you have two picks, one in the first round and the other one in the second”.



He also added what is important to know about a player: his relationship with his family, how he trains, his character… everything is important to invest in him. It may be the future of a franchise.



In the last Draft, the Heat selected the power-forward Edrice Adebayo in the pick 14th. And he seems to be a good player. In the four Summer League games he has played so far, Adebayo averages 17.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and a remarkable 32/42 from the free throw line.

The Audie Norris Basketball Camp will finish on Friday, still one more day to go, it is our hope at the end of the camp that our campers would have learned one or two things during this camp that they can take with them through their basketball career.


Photos: David Grau
                        Miguel Lois
Director de Comunicación
Audie Norris Basketball Camp